Ranikhet is a lush green hill station in Uttarakhand. Literally, it means the Queen of Meadows, and we had been wanting to visit this tiny little hamlet for a long time. At last, on the Eid weekend, we finally set out for this journey, which was to be an unforgettable one.
We boarded the Kathgodam Shatabdi from Delhi at 6AM, and planned to take a taxi from Kathgodam, expecting that the journey of around 75km would take at most 3.5-4 hours. Suddenly, we read in the paper that the day before, the taxi drivers in Uttarakhand had gone on strike, though the strike had been called off now. We were relieved, yet an uncertainty still lingered. Finally, when we reached Kathgodam, no one was ready to go to Ranikhet! Apparently, the strike was on and only pvt. vehicles were being allowed. Still, one brave and resourceful driver agreed to take us.But this was only the beginning of the drama which was to unfold.